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A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! These 5 Asian teams praised by FIFA as biggest surprise in 2019

A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! These 5 Asian teams praised by FIFA as biggest surprise in 2019

FIFA homepage has just published a list of the 12 most surprising football teams in 2019, including 5 teams from Asia.

The list of 12 surprising teams selected by FIFA has the presence of 5 Asian representatives including Qatar (winning the Asian Cup 2019), South Korea U20 (the U20 FIFA World Cup runner-up), Iraq, Syria - the two countries ravaged by the war but still led the group in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers and the Vietnam national football team (reach the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup for the first time in history, leading the World Cup qualifier group).

A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! These 5 Asian teams praised by FIFA as biggest surprise in 2019

Of these, Qatar wrote history by winning the Asian Cup 2019 title. In the previous tournament, they have never even passed the group stage. This achievement is even sweeter when Qatar beat the team that holds the most Asian Cup titles, Japan (4).

A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! These 5 Asian teams praised by FIFA as biggest surprise in 2019

Otherwise, the achievement of the U20 World Cup runner-up: South Korea U20 is also honored. Lee Kang In -who is the star of the Korean U20 has become the first Korean player to be voted as the best player in the tournament by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). This is also the first time in the history that a Korean men's national team reached the final of a FIFA-organized tournament.

A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! These 5 Asian teams praised by FIFA as biggest surprise in 2019

"Made AFC Asian Cup quarter-finals for the first time, winning 3 consecutive FIFA World Cup qualifier for the first time", these are the two outstanding achievements in the major tournaments that helped the Vietnamese team to take a place in FIFA list.

At the 2019 Asian Cup taking place in the UAE, the Vietnam team was in the same group with Iraq, Iran, Yemen but still played excellently to win tickets to the knockout stages.  In the round of 16 teams, the "Golden Star" drew Jordan 1-1 after 120 minutes and defeated the opponent with a score of 4-2 in the shootout. At quarterfinals, Vietnam met Japan. Facing an outstanding class team, Mr. Park Hang Seo's team competed bravely and only lost with a minimum score.

A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!! These 5 Asian teams praised by FIFA as biggest surprise in 2019

At the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification, Vietnam also has good results with 3 consecutive victories against Indonesia, Malaysia, and UAE and is facing a great opportunity to reach the final qualifying round.

The remaining teams in the list

Haiti: The semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time since 1981, dragging the Mexican champion into extra time

Italy women's team: top in the group stage with Brazil and Australia in the 2019 World Cup, eliminating China in the round of 16 teams

Kosovo: almost won tickets directly to the Euro, won the Czech Republic 3-1, scored 3 goals in England

Netherlands women's team: Reaching the World Cup final in the second time attending the tournament, eliminating Japan, Italy and Sweden on the way to the final.

Ukraine U20: Win U20 World Cup for the first time, winning tickets to the Euro championship

Ukraine national team: soon won tickets for Euro 2020, beating France - the FIFA World Cup champion 2-1